phe·​nol·​o·​gy | \ fi-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce phenology (audio) \

Definition of phenology

1 : a branch of science dealing with the relations between climate and periodic biological phenomena (such as bird migration or plant flowering)
2 : periodic biological phenomena that are correlated with climatic conditions

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Other Words from phenology

phenological \ ˌfē-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce phenological (audio) \ adjective
phenologically \ ˌfē-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce phenologically (audio) \ adverb

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Trends in spring for Cleveland from a weather perspective While most scientists use phenology to describe the onset of spring, many Ohioans associate spring with warmer temperatures and drenching downpours. Justin Madden,, "Parma police find missing 12-year-old boy with autism," 28 Feb. 2018 The start of spring is usually described in terms of phenology - key seasonal changes seen in plants and animals from year to year, also known as nature's calendar. Justin Madden,, "Parma police find missing 12-year-old boy with autism," 28 Feb. 2018 The program observes plants and animals and generates long-term phenology data. Kurt Snibbe, Orange County Register, "Why it matters that Southern California is having a late spring," 12 May 2017

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First Known Use of phenology

circa 1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for phenology

phenomena + -logy

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The first known use of phenology was circa 1884

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